The dictionary defines good as “excellent in quality, quantity or degree”, and this definition has been perfectly adhered to by the organizers of the Good Food and Drink Festival.
The show which boasts a delicious 22 year history opens its doors to thousands of food and drink enthusiasts this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre. I had the opportunity to sip, sample and celebrate the VIP Preview Party held for the first time this year.
I have enjoyed attending this show in past, but my sneak peek into what’s in store for this year has certainly solidified my opinion on what a great feast this festival is for the senses.
Work up your appetite for the show that runs from Thursday, April 3rd to Sunday, April 6th and grab your glass to eat and drink your way through a line-up of food and spirits from a number of great exhibitors. Gain some insights into great Canadian cheese during the Dairy Farmers of Canada presentations that serve up 6 different cheeses and discuss wine and beer pairings. See firsthand some of the delectable products that caught Arlene Dickinson’s attention in the Dragon’s Den in the ADE (Arlene Dickinson Enterprises) booth and satisfy whatever your taste buds may be craving with scrumptious options in Food Truck Alley. Seven sensational food trucks are serving up their specialties at the show. Pair some of those food truck finds with choice Ontario VQA wines at the Wine Country Ontario wine truck.
The Good Food and Drink Festival also boasts great live and informative demos everyday on the Taste Culinary stage and an exciting appearance from Chopped Canada and Recipe to Riches judge, celebrity chef Vikram Vij on Sunday, April 6th.
Some of my favorite finds from this year’s show include: artisanal roasted coffee from Balzac’s Coffee; Sparkling Bianco (a refreshing and delightful Prosecco) from Noteworthy Wines; Orangella (a Sicilian orange liqueur) from Regazzi Wines and Spirits; organic protein green tea from Bludot Beverages; delightful hand-made chocolate and baklava from Meli’s Baklava & Chocolate; all natural and tasty fruit smoothies from Happy Planet; mouthwatering maple syrup infusions from Pure Infused Maple Syrup; a sweet selection of sweet, roasted maple walnuts from Jewels Under the Kilt; an array of spicy sauces from No. 7 Hot Sauce; and last but not least yummy flavored honey and honey butter from Little Rock Honey Farm.
One other fun highlight of the show, the ability (at least for a few moments) to your favorite European city serviced by Air Transat and snap a fun photo (I went to Paris).
I had a truly good time at the Good Food & Drink Festival and I recommend a visit this weekend. Buon Appetito!
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